Cape Town is a refined cosmopolitan city that has attracted a great number of tourists from all around the world. There are plentiful historical sites with great significance, offering a great variety of landscapes and cultures. The tourists wondering what to do in Cape Town and that too for free, look no further! Here are the 10 most fun (and free) things to see in Cape Town, South Africa.
Climb Table Mountain
The first thing to do in Cape Town, is to climb the Table Mountain which is free of charge, loaded with fun but requires a lot of energy. You start climbing the mountain from Tafelberg Road and proceed up a steep valley to the highest point of Table Mountain. It takes approximately two hours to reach the top of the mountain but you can take the cable car on the way back if you are too tired. Although it is a steep route, it is extremely popular and you meet many people on your way. However, cable cars are not operational in winds so you should check before departing. The weather can change at any time so you need to take water, sun block, a hat and a jacket along with you. There are many rock steps on the route which can be challenging. It is very necessary to wear appropriate hiking shoes and special care is to be taken by inexperienced hikers who attempt the climb the mountain.
Cape Town is one of the leading cold water free diving places in the world. In peninsula, the Atlantic side has seals and caves while the hot False Bay side has sharks, rays and a extensive range of reef fish. The depth ranges from 5m to 15m and most diving sites are easily reachable from shore. In Somerset West, the Blue Rock Quarry is ideal for deep free diving as it has stable conditions all around the year and is about 50m deep. You can find many guided free dives and courses to try out.
Tour to South African Parliament
Cape Town is the capital hold for the government issues of South Africa. You can familiarize yourself with the recent history of South Africa and its political system by taking a tour of this complex. The tour includes visits to the National Council of Provinces, National Assembly and the old apartheid-era assembly. The assembly is only used for conferences and committee meetings. The entrance and tours are free. The tours are offered for limited time in a day that gives informative guidelines in various languages about the political situation.
The Galleria Gibello is located in Bo Kaap at Rose Street. It has a specified time of opening, five days in a week with free admission. It is a huge beautiful photo gallery that makes you experience the moments of life on the continent of Africa. You can relax and spend some time viewing the photos in the gallery.
Story time at The Book Lounge
There is a weekly storytelling session that takes you to a magical world at The Book Lounge in Cape Town. It takes place every Saturday in morning. This enjoyable event keeps the kids and their parents entertained and it is absolutely free. There is an arts and crafts session for kids where they can learn to make creative ornaments. There is also a small library, rather a small collection of books, for parents in The Book Lounge.
Watch Firing at Signal Hill’s Noon Gun
Take some time to visit the lower grades of Signal Hill to experience and enjoy the shooting of the historical cannon daily at 12pm. It is a great experience for adults and young kids who like to read stories about wars and electrifying battles that include the old weapons. Many supporters from the public are invited to view the noon firing and enjoy those moments. The description of the history of guns is interesting as they explain how it has been used as a time signal for boats and ships and today it is the Mother City’s oldest tradition.
Fly a Kite at a Local Park
Cape Town is sprinkled with a variety of public parks that create affordable entertainment options. The parks are used for picnicking, walking and playing and the entrance to all of them is free for families. According to the tradition, you can bring a colorful kite and keep the little kite in the air. It is not only a thrilling activity but it is full of fun and kite-flying adds happiness to your mood. There are many large greenways in Cape Town like The Company’s Garden, Green Point Urban Park and De Waal Park, where you can fly a kite.
Gardens Skate Park
The main aim of opening this park was to make this area crime free and change it into a nonviolent and a safe space. Today it is a place for playing and showcasing creativity. It is also used by professionals for training and competitions and for kids who spend time playing and sliding down the slopes. The park is beautifully fenced to make it safer for kids. The entrance to the park is free and it opens to skaters daily from early morning to late night.
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
It is located at the slopes of Table Mountain and provides shopping with entertainment, very close to the harbor. It is very popular with tourists, because of the splendid shops and good food restaurants and enjoyment facilities, like the Marine Museum and the Aquarium. They offer harbor tours and trips to Robben Island and experience the helicopter flights for Cape Peninsula.
Atlantic Point Backpackers
Get the most enjoyable hospitality which will make you feel relaxed in the heart of Cape Town. They have the best budget accommodation in Cape Town as they add a new element to your exciting adventure trip, hospitality, facilities and travel. The good thing is they always provide free breakfast and Wi-Fi.